About the Project

This project finished in December 2012. For further details or enquiries please contact archives@wolverhampton.gov.uk

The Taking Account of our Past project is based at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies and its purpose is to catalogue the collection of Smith, Son and Wilkie, a chartered accountancy firm who were based in the city. This project has been funded by a grant from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, which is administrated by The National Archives. The grant of £36,000 has enabled the service to appoint Kimberley Benoy as a cataloguing archivist to work exclusively on this 18 month project.

Starting in July 2011, this project will allow the records of Smith, Son and Wilkie to be sorted, organised and arranged before being fully catalogued. This collection will require quite substantial conservation work in places and this will be carried out alongside the cataloguing to ensure the records will be available for access on the completion of the project. The background history of Smith, Son and Wilkie chartered accounts will be researched along with each of the businesses and families represented in this collection to provide a wealth of information for researchers using the records in the future. Taking Account of our Past will be concluded with an exhibition to showcase the wide range of significant material unearthed by the project.

Preliminary work on the collection has revealed information on many local businesses including

  • Benjamin Walters and Co, lock manufacturers
  • Adam Boulton and Co Ltd, brick manufacturers
  • Stockless Anchor Company and The Side Welders Association, both ironmongers
  • Wednesfield Motor and Cycle Garage
  • Queen Square Syndicate, property developers
  • Priestfield Iron and Brick Co
  • Wolverhampton and District Butchers, Hide, Skin, Fat and Wool Co Ltd

As well as business records, this collection contains a wealth of information on local families including

  • Loveridge
  • Mander
  • Wilkes
  • Reynolds
  • Wilkie

The project blog will be updated weekly to keep you up to date on progress and provide an insight into the nature of the work being carried out to create the catalogue of the collection and the conservation required to preserve the records.

If you are interested in this project, would like to volunteer or have relevant information you would like to share, please comment and get involved.

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